Local Experts' 10 Best Bakeries & Sweet Shops

Key West is ranked among the top wedding destinations in the world - and there is no shortage of talented pastry chef that make wedding cakes works of art. When specialty orders aren't piling up, they are busy baking pastries, cookies, croissants, crepes, and more. For fresh bread, check out Cole's Peace Artisan Bakery or if it's sugary treats you seek, visit Sweets of Paradise in Mallory Square. In our 10 Best list, we've also included two bakeries on the Lower and Upper Keys that you can swing by on your way out of town.

Upper Keys
Cafe Moka
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If you're driving into the Keys from Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Café Moka makes the perfect light breakfast stop. On the Overseas Highway in Tavernier, this classic European café features macaroons imported from France, quality pastries,...  Read More

Cole's Peace Artisan Bakery
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The aroma of freshly-baked bread will lure you into this bakery tucked away near the entrance to Old Town. Filled with to-die-for artisan breads, bagels and sandwiches, Cole's serves breakfast and lunch until 2:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday....  Read More

Sugarloaf Food Company
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If you're getting an early start on your trip back from Key West, be sure to stop by the Sugarloaf Food Company, at mile marker 24 on Summerland Key. For breakfast, enjoy gooey cinnamon and pecan rolls, fresh coffee and juice, and ham egg and...  Read More

Sweets of Paradise
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Cookies and cakes and caramel, oh my! Right next to Mallory Square, Sweets in Paradise lures in tourists with the smell of freshly baking cookies lures. The shop offers free samples and tastings, and tempting treats like key lime and peanut...  Read More

Cakes by Karol
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If you're in Key West for a special occasion, Cakes by Karol can design a beautiful, memorable, and delicious cake for any event. These aren't your average cakes – they are works of art and were featured on the television series "Extreme...  Read More

Old Town Bakery
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Five blocks from Duval is a pastry-lovers dream, with a display window is loaded with cakes, tarts, éclairs, sticky buns, cookies, and brownies. Each morning they whip up baskets of freshly baked bread, and light, flakey chocolate croissants....  Read More

Ask a local where to find the best Key Lime Pie in Key West and you'll get a few different responses, but Kermit's supplies many of the stores with this tasty treat. Stop by to try samples of their specialty key lime sauces, ranging from wing...  Read More

Amazing Cakes and Creations
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The owner of this cake shop dabbled in painting and jewelry design before settling into a more edible craft. The bakery also offers croissants made fresh daily from scratch with an array of in a variety of sweet and savory flavors including ham...  Read More

Situated on Duval Street, Croissants de France offers a beautiful, relaxing patio to enjoy one of their many tasty treats. Part bakery, part bistro, this popular restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner items with a French flair. For...  Read More

Key West Cakes
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Steven and Paul of Key West Cakes have a knack for the little ones - cupcakes that is! Classics like red velvet, blondie, strawberry, chocolate chip, and peanut butter are dressed to the nines with smooth, flavorful frosting and decorations....  Read More


Meet Amber Nolan

Originally from upstate New York, this restless traveler has a knack for befriending interesting characters. You can usually find her just about anywhere that has a hammock. Amber's favorite...  More About Amber